Martyna Syguda 

Ashtanga practitioner, authorized teacher and psychologist

 

I discovered yoga when I was 12 andscreen-shot-2018-09-08-at-20-53-21-png right away it became an important part of my life and daily routine. I was not discouraged by the fact that in town, where I lived that time, there was no yoga school – I decided to learn yoga by myself and for the next few years I used to start every day on my yoga mat. When I moved to Warsaw to study psychology I could finally begin my practice under the watchful eye of an experienced teacher. That time Przemek Nadolny introduced me to Ashtanga Yoga which became my passion.

To be able to share it after seven years of a constant yoga practice I completed my teacher training. The next step on my yoga path was the journey to India where I could learn Ashtanga Yoga at the source, practicing in Mysore at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). To deepen my experience I kept coming to India every year, spending there altogether two years and learning primary and intermediate series from Sharath Jois and other certified teachers like Rolf Naujokat and Louise Ellis. In 2014 I finished second series and became authorized by KPJAYI to teach both sequences (level 2.). In 2016 I attended a 2-months special course for teachers with Sharath. In 2015 I met Petri Räisänen who strongly influenced my view on yoga and my way of teaching. I’ve been practicing with him and regularly assisting in his retreats ever since, learning his gentle, quiet and therapeutic approach to Ashtanga Yoga.

Apart from yoga I am a psychologist. In my master’s thesis at the University of Warsaw I was investigating relations between practicing yoga and personality. I am particularly interested in the body-mind connection and I’m currently educating myself to become a trauma therapist.

I am sure that yoga allows you to transform not only your muscles, but also your personality. Strength, balance and self-awareness are worth every drop of your sweat.